The Lille administrative court once again orders the Hauts-de-France region to pay subsidies to the Averroès Muslim high school. These have been blocked since March 2020 due to suspicions about its funding.
The Lille administrative court has again ordered the Hauts-de-France region to pay the subsidies for the Averroès Muslim high school, blocked since March 2020 due to suspicions about its funding.
The summary judge of the administrative court ordered the region “to pay the Averroès association, on a provisional basis, the sum of 274,638.84 euros for the day school fee due for the 2019/2020 school year. “, and this” within 10 days under penalty of 200 euros per day of delay “, according to a press release published on the court’s website.
In April, the permanent commission of the region had already camped on its blocking of this endowment, recorded in March 2020, despite an injunction from the administrative court to reconsider its payment.
“The region is legally required to pay this contribution, by the very fact of the status of establishment under a contract of association with public education of the private high school of which the association is the manager”, recalls the court.
The region appeals to cassation
“I am delighted with this new decision and I hope that this time the region will comply,” responded Me Nicolas Nef Naf, one of the two lawyers of the Averroes association which manages the school.
For its part, the region has indicated that it will pay the sum but also appeal to the Supreme Court.
“If the Council of State gives us reason, that will quash the decision of the administrative tribunal and we will then ask for reimbursement,” said Xavier Taquet, chief of staff to the president of the regional council, Xavier Bertrand.
Funding that raises questions
Xavier Bertrand (ex-LR), also presidential candidate, had seized the Ministry of Education of the file after the publication of the book “Qatar Papers” by Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot reporting “foreign funding of the Averroès high school in Lille “.
According to him, a report from the General Inspectorate of Education, Sport and Research (IGESR) “confirmed that the school had obtained a loan of 800,000 euros from the Mulhouse mosque which was repaid thanks to a donation of 850,000 euros from the NGO Qatar Charity in 2014 “.
“For what reasons the Mulhouse mosque, itself receiving foreign funding, intervened in the financing of the school?”, He wondered. “Without precise answers to these questions (…), we do not wish to pay the day school fee for this school.”